GP Gran Bretagna, prove libere–28/06/2013
British GP: Rosberg puts Mercedes on top in FP2
Nico Rosberg put Mercedes on top in a mostly dry second practice session for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
After the morning downpour and consequent dearth of running, teams wasted no time in getting straight out on a still-damp track at the start of the afternoon.
The circuit was dry enough for slicks within 10 minutes and Rosberg was among the pacesetters from the outset.
Force India’s Adrian Sutil, morning practice leader Daniel Ricciardo of Toro Rosso and world champion Sebastian Vettel all had multiple spells on top as the times settled down over the following half an hour.
But then with 40 minutes remaining, Rosberg put in a 1m32.248s to claim a first place he would not lose, as teams then made their habitual switch to longer runs.
Vettel was second at that point, but his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber demoted him to third when he rejoined after a long spell in the garage.
Force India took fourth and eighth on the first day of running at its home track, with Paul di Resta quicker than Sutil by the end.
Di Resta’s fellow Briton Lewis Hamilton was just one place further back in fifth, but Jenson Button’s McLaren was only 11th.
Ricciardo and Toro Rosso team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne showed very encouraging pace in sixth and seventh.
Lotus duo Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen were down in ninth and 13th.
Ferrari had a disappointing session too. Fernando Alonso was only 10th, while his team-mate Felipe Massa crashed at Stowe after just seven laps.
The Brazilian ran slightly wide through the corner when the track was still a little damp and spun back into the opposite wall, mangling the Ferrari’s front end.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m32.248s 33 2. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m32.547s + 0.299s 26 3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m32.680s + 0.432s 31 4. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m32.832s + 0.584s 34 5. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.911s + 0.663s 28 6. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m33.171s + 0.923s 34 7. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m33.290s + 1.042s 38 8. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m33.313s + 1.065s 34 9. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m33.322s + 1.074s 38 10. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m33.494s + 1.246s 32 11. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m33.740s + 1.492s 29 12. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m33.896s + 1.648s 36 13. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m34.120s + 1.872s 30 14. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m34.130s + 1.882s 29 15. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m34.998s + 2.750s 32 16. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m35.070s + 2.822s 29 17. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m35.127s + 2.879s 35 18. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m35.802s + 3.554s 27 19. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m35.984s + 3.736s 32 20. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m36.079s + 3.831s 35 21. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m37.329s + 5.081s 33 22. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m43.466s + 11.218s 7
British GP: Daniel Ricciardo leads rain-hit first practice
Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest time in a wet British Grand Prix practice session that looked for a long spell like it might feature no flying laps whatsoever.
Teams do not expect the heavy rain that began Friday morning to continue into the weekend, giving even less reason than usual to take to a wet track in practice one.
After initial installation laps, most drivers chose to wait in the pits, leaving the large crowd to entertain themselves before an empty track.
Finally with less than a quarter of an hour left Toro Rosso’s Ricciardo became the first man to actually set a lap time, crossing the line in 2m00.029s.
That prompted others to come out, and ultimately 11 drivers completed flying laps through the puddles.
Lewis Hamilton was fastest on a 1m55.033s in his Mercedes going into the final moments, but Ricciardo regained his top spot with a 1m54.249s.
Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg and Williams driver Pastor Maldonado then slipped into second and third, demoting Hamilton to fourth.
Esteban Gutierrez and Valtteri Bottas completed the top six, despite a late spin for the former.
Kimi Raikkonen was the only driver not to take to the track at all. His Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean, Jenson Button, Mark Webber and Sergio Perez all confined themselves to a single tour then stayed in the pits.
Proving that track conditions definitely were treacherous, Charles Pic crashed his Caterham at Club late on. The Frenchman was unhurt.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m54.249s 10 2. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m55.033s + 0.784s 7 3. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m55.354s + 1.105s 7 4. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m55.458s + 1.209s 5 5. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m55.825s + 1.576s 9 6. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m56.361s + 2.112s 7 7. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m57.891s + 3.642s 4 8. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m58.859s + 4.610s 6 9. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m59.719s + 5.470s 7 10. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m59.876s + 5.627s 8 11. Felipe Massa Ferrari 2m06.534s + 12.285 6 12. Nico Rosberg Mercedes no time 3 13. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes no time 4 14. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault no time 1 15. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes no time 1 16. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes no time 4 17. Fernando Alonso Ferrari no time 4 18. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault no time 1 19. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes no time 1 20. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault no time 3 21. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault no time 4 22. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault no time 0 Da Autosport.com